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Scott Reviews Ronald Neame’s Hopscotch [Criterion Blu-ray Review]

Hey, you might not be aware of this – and honestly, no worries if not, we’ve all got a lot going on – but Hopscotch is the greatest movie ever. This is an irrefutable fact, and I’m glad I was able to save you from all kinds of hand-wringing. If your hands are already getting pretty wrung, though, feel free to pop in Hopscotch just to check. I’ll wait.

Okay, so we’re all set then? I can come clean – in the pure, cleansing light of day, Hopscotch may not literally be the greatest movie ever made. But it feels that way every second whenever I watch it. Walter Matthau as a CIA agent outwitting the CIA and every other national intelligence agency? You couldn’t ask for a more pleasurable premise. Anytime you can get a protagonist the audience likes but doesn’t fully understand, you’re on the right track.
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Hopscotch

A generic spy story becomes an inspired light comedy with the application of great talent led by the star-power of Walter Matthau. Matthau’s CIA spook hooks up with old flame Glenda Jackson to retaliate against his insufferable CIA boss (Ned Beatty) with a humiliating tell-all book about the agency’s dirty tricks history. Matthau’s sloppy, slouchy master agent is a comic delight; Ronald Neame’s stylishly assured direction makes a deadly spy chase into a wholly pleasant romp.

Hopscotch

Blu-ray

The Criterion Collection 163

1980 / Color / 2:39 widescreen / 105 min. / available through The Criterion Collection / Street Date August 15, 2017 / 39.95

Starring: Walter Matthau, Glenda Jackson, Sam Waterston, Ned Beatty, Herbert Lom, David Matthau, George Baker, Ivor Roberts, Lucy Saroyan, Severn Darden, George Pravda.

Cinematography: Arthur Ibbetson, Brian W. Roy

Production Designer: William J. Creber

Film Editor: Carl Kress

Original Music: Ian Fraser

Written by Bryan Forbes from a novel by Brian Garfield

Produced
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Criterion Collection Announces August 2017 Additions, Including Restored ‘Sid & Nancy’ and Mike Leigh’s ‘Meantime’

Criterion Collection Announces August 2017 Additions, Including Restored ‘Sid & Nancy’ and Mike Leigh’s ‘Meantime’
Late summer is all about reflection over at The Criterion Collection, as the library is spending August offering up a handful of unsung classics and new look at some longtime favorites.

Michael Curitz’s “The Breaking Point,” a mostly overlooked Hemingway adaptation, starring John Garfield and Patricia Neal, will be available on Blu-ray for the first time, while Sacha Guitry’s “La poison” arrives on home video for the first time ever. Elsewhere, Mike Leigh’s revelatory “Meantime” is getting a 2K restoration, all the better to enjoy the early work of Tim Roth and Gary Oldman. That’s not all for Oldman fans, however, as Alex Cox’s “Sid & Nancy” hits the collection with a brand new 4K digital restoration. Finally, Walter Matthau stars in the charming comedy “Hopscotch,” also available on Blu-ray in a 2K digital restoration.

Below is the complete list of August additions, with descriptions provided by Criterion.
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I Am Not Your Negro

A welcome blast of clear thought, Raoul Peck’s documentary represents the point of view and philosophy of James Baldwin, the writer and artist known best as a social critic of the Civil Rights movement. Allowing Baldwin to ‘speak’ thirty years after his passing sheds light and wisdom on the issue that hasn’t gone away.

I Am Not Your Negro

Blu-ray

Magnolia Home Entertainment

2016 / Color / 1:85 widescreen / 94 min. / Street Date May 2, 2017 / 29.98

Starring: James Baldwin, Samuel L. Jackson (voice).

Cinematography: Henry Adebonojo, Bill Ross, Turner Ross

Film Editor: Alexandra Strauss

Original Music: Alexei Aigui

Written by Raoul Peck from writings by James Baldwin

Produced by Rémi Grellety, Hébert Peck, Raoul Peck

Directed by Raoul Peck

I Am Not Your Negro expresses the writings of an expert who has been gone for thirty years. Writer-director Raoul Peck had full access to all of Baldwin’s work, as well as choice film
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'Awards Chatter' Podcast — Dick Cavett (TV Legend)

"'Conversation' — that's the key word," says Dick Cavett, the legendary TV talk show host who brought smart conversation to late-night through ABC's The Dick Cavett Show, as we sit down at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel to record an episode of The Hollywood Reporter's 'Awards Chatter' podcast. The 80-year-old Nebraska-born New Yorker was in town to attend the TCM Classic Film Festival, where, appropriately enough, he participated in an hourlong conversation about his life and career before signing copies of his latest book, Brief Encounters: Conversations, Magic Moments, and Assorted Hijinks. And, Cavett said, he was...
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'Awards Chatter' Podcast — Dick Cavett (TV Legend)

'Awards Chatter' Podcast — Dick Cavett (TV Legend)
"'Conversation' — that's the key word," says Dick Cavett, the legendary TV talk show host who brought smart conversation to late-night through ABC's The Dick Cavett Show, as we sit down at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel to record an episode of The Hollywood Reporter's 'Awards Chatter' podcast. The 80-year-old Nebraska-born New Yorker was in town to attend the TCM Classic Film Festival, where, appropriately enough, he participated in an hourlong conversation about his life and career before signing copies of his latest book, Brief Encounters: Conversations, Magic Moments, and Assorted Hijinks. And, Cavett said, he was...
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After The Fox / Being There

After The Fox

Blu-ray

Kino Lorber

2017 / Color / 2.35 : 1 widescreen / Street Date March 22, 2017

Starring: Peter Sellers, Victor Mature, Martin Balsem, Akim Tamiroff.

Cinematography: Leonida Barboni

Film Editor: Russell Lloyd

Written by Neil Simon and Cesare Zavattini

Produced by John Bryan

Directed by Vittorio De Sica

After The Fox, a sunny mid-sixties farce about con-artists and movie-makers, boasts a powerhouse pedigree featuring leading men Peter Sellers and Victor Mature, a script by Neil Simon and Cesare Zavattini, music by Burt Bacharach, poster art from Frank Frazetta and the legendary director/actor/gambler Vittorio De Sica at the helm.

With such diverse talent on board, the film was somewhat misleadingly promoted as another in the line of 60’s screwball hipster comedies like Casino Royale and What’s New Pussycat. But the result is closer to De Sica’s laid back charmers from the ‘50s, Miracle in Milan and Gold of Naples (in fact,
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Comedian Jim Jefferies Blasts Trump-Defending, ‘Apprentice’-Winning Piers Morgan On ‘Real Time WIth Bill Maher’

Updated with video It wasn’t exactly Gore Vidal and Norman Mailer on The Dick Cavett Show, but Australian comedian Jim Jefferies and Piers Morgan certainly weren’t joking around on HBO’s Real Time With Bill Maher tonight. (Watch the video below.) When the British Morgan proclaimed that Trump’s so-far-failed executive order was “not a Muslim ban,” Jefferies snapped, “Oh, f*ck off. This is what you do, Piers. You say ‘He hasn’t done this, he hasn’t done that, he’s not going…
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'I Am Not Your Negro': How a New Doc Turns James Baldwin Into a Prophet

'I Am Not Your Negro': How a New Doc Turns James Baldwin Into a Prophet
"There are days, this is one of them, when you wonder what your role is in this country and what your future is in it. How precisely you're going to reconcile yourself to your situation here and how you are going to communicate to the vast, heedless, unthinking, cruel white majority that you are here. I'm terrified at the moral apathy – the death of the heart – which is happening in my country. These people have deluded themselves for so long that they really don't think I’m human."

Those words,
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‘I Am Not Your Negro’ Review: Samuel L. Jackson Brings James Baldwin to Life in the Year’s Most Important Oscar Nominee

‘I Am Not Your Negro’ Review: Samuel L. Jackson Brings James Baldwin to Life in the Year’s Most Important Oscar Nominee
There’s a remarkable cut in the opening minutes of Raoul Peck’s “I Am Not Your Negro” that instantly transforms this insightful cinematic essay into the most important movie of the year so far.

It’s the late 60’s, and James Baldwin appears on “The Dick Cavett Show” to explain his views on black life in America. “The real question,” he says, “is what’s going to happen to this country?” Peck abruptly shifts to the present, assembling a collage of images from black protests against police violence, set to the boisterous rhythms of Buddy Guy’s “Damn Right, I’ve Got the Blues.” That complex fusion of times, places and feelings yields an angry rallying cry that also functions as a lamentation of historical struggle, and it continues for the next 90 minutes. Peck doesn’t just resurrect Baldwin’s words from a contemporary perspective; he reignites their sense of purpose.
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'I Am Not Your Negro' Review: James Baldwin Meets #BlackLivesMatter in Bold New Doc

'I Am Not Your Negro' Review: James Baldwin Meets #BlackLivesMatter in Bold New Doc
"The history of America is the history of the Negro in America. And it's not a pretty picture." These words were written by James Baldwin, the African-American novelist, essayist, playwright, poet, and fierce social critic. When the man of letters died in 1987, he had finished only 30 pages of what would have been his magnum opus, Remember This House, consisting of tales torn from the lives and murders of three of Baldwin's closest friends: the civil-rights pioneers Medgar Evers, Malcolm X and Martin Luther King, Jr.

The book never happened, but
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15 Reasons to Love Lily Tomlin

15 Reasons to Love Lily Tomlin
Lily Tomlin was just honored with a Life Achievement Award at this year’s Screen Actors Guild Awards (where she delivered a handful of memorable zingers.)

Tomlin is one of America’s living treasures of comedy and acting — not only is she among the country’s most decorated performers, but she’s one of the most historically groundbreaking. In case you needed to get caught up on her life, or really just needed some reasons to love her as much as we do, we compiled a bunch.

1. She was born in Detroit. (Not necessarily a carte blanche reason to like someone,
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Dick Cavett Doesn't Think Jerry Lewis' Awkward THR Interview Was an Act

Iconic talk-show host Dick Cavett doesn't think Jerry Lewis was putting on an act when he was cantankerous during a recent, now viral interview with The Hollywood Reporter. 

Cavett has known the actor and comic for decades, even working for Lewis as a writer on his ABC show during the early '60s. He also interviewed Lewis on The Dick Cavett Show.

Could Lewis have been doing a bit when he talked to THR? Some stars, including Jerry Seinfeld, think so. Cavett, not so much. 

"I can see what they mean, but I don't see that," he told THR on Thursday. "I think...
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‘Blow-Up,’ ‘Being There,’ ’45 Years,’ and More Coming to The Criterion Collection This March

Last month, The Criterion Collection finally announced their forthcoming release of Richard Linklater‘s The Before Trilogy and now with the announcement of their March titles, a few more highly-requested titles will be coming to the collection. Perhaps the most sought-after, Michelangelo Antonioni‘s English-language debut and counterculture landmark Blow-Up, will be arriving on the line-up.

Also coming is the previously teased 45 Years from Andrew Haigh, one of the finest films of last year (featuring an incredible, outside-the-box cover), as well as Hal Ashby‘s Being There, John WatersMultiple Maniacs, which recently got a restored theatrical run, and Felipe CazalsCanoa: A Shameful Memory.

Notable special features include a new documentaries on Blow-Up, Being There, and 45 Years, audio commentaries from Haigh and Waters, as well as a Guillermo del Toro introduction for Canoa, and a talk between the director and Alfonso Cuarón. Check out the full details for each release after the artwork.
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Recommended Discs & Deals: ‘Pan’s Labyrinth,’ Robert Altman, ‘Boyhood,’ and More

Editor’s note: After a two-week vacation break, we’re now back with an expanded selection to catch up.

Every week we dive into the cream of the crop when it comes to home releases, including Blu-ray and DVDs, as well as recommended deals of the week. Check out our rundown below and return every Tuesday for the best (or most interesting) films one can take home. Note that if you’re looking to support the site, every purchase you make through the links below helps us and is greatly appreciated.

Boyhood (Richard Linklater)

After being put through the awards season grinder — resulting in hours upon hours of conversations — what left is there to learn about the production of Richard Linklater‘s 12-years-in-the-making project Boyhood? The Criterion Collection edition proves, evidently, a fair amount. In fact, what’s so interesting about the plethora of special features — aside from an intimate
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McCabe & Mrs. Miller

Robert Altman, Warren Beatty and Julie Christie join together for one of the great westerns, a poetic account of the founding of a town and the way big business preys on foolish little guys. Raw and cluttered, the show gives the genre a new look, with a dreamy mix of snowflakes, opium and the music of Leonard Cohen. McCabe & Mrs. Miller Blu-ray The Criterion Collection 827 1971 / Color / 2:40 widescreen / 121 min. / available through The Criterion Collection / Street Date October 11, 2016 / 39.95 Starring Warren Beatty, Julie Christie, Rene Auberjonois, William Devane, John Schuck, Bert Remsen, Shelley Duvall, Keith Carradine, Michael Murphy, Antony Holland, . Cinematography Vilmos Zsigmond Production Designer Leon Ericksen Film Editing and Second Unit Director Louis Lombardo Original Music Leonard Cohen Written by Robert Altman, Brian McKay from the novel McCabe by Edmund Naughton Produced by Mitchell Brower, David Foster Directed by Robert Altman

Reviewed by Glenn Erickson

Robert Altman films run hot and cold for this reviewer.
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New York Film Review: ‘I Am Not Your Negro’

New York Film Review: ‘I Am Not Your Negro’
Raoul Peck’s “I Am Not Your Negro” is the rare movie that might be called a spiritual documentary. It’s a meditation on the prophetic brilliance and the very being of James Baldwin, the African-American writer who was more than a “great thinker” on race — he was the prose-poet of our injustice and inhumanity (and our humanity, too). He saw more than anyone, and he wrote it all down, in essays and novels and plays and poems that were so far ahead of where his society was at that it may only be now, 40 or 50 years later, when he can truly be heard. The times have caught up with his scalding eloquence.

In the early moments of “I Am Not Your Negro,” there’s an amazing clip of Baldwin on “The Dick Cavett Show.” We think of Cavett as the puckish, enlightened voice of liberal reason, but this clip
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Review: Whit Stillman's "Barcelona" (1990); Criterion Blu-ray Special Edition

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By Todd Garbarini

Kudos to the Criterion Collection for releasing Whit Stillman’s charming trio of young adult angst: Metropolitan (1990), Barcelona (1994), and The Last Days of Disco (1998). The bookend films have both been previously released by Criterion on DVD and Blu-ray, but now the company bows Barcelona to complete the trilogy. Available as both a stand-alone disc as well as part of a set of the three films, Barcelona features the luminous Mira Sorvino in an early role.

The trilogy of films that Mr. Stillman made as the beginning of his career and for which he is most well-known are interesting in that they depict groups of people who fall out of the scope of most of the general population and probably appeal to even less. That is actually a welcome relief. Metropolitan was shot in January and February in 1989 and released in August 1990 (a curious choice for a film
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The Golden Girls, Benson: Writer Tom Whedon Dies at 83

TV writer and producer, Tom Whedon, father of TV and screenwriter Joss Whedon (Buffy the Vampire Slayer; Angel, Firefly, Marvel's The Avengers), musician and writer Jed Whedon (Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog), and writer Zack Whedon (Deadwood, Halt and Catch Fire), died on March 23, 2016, at the age of 83. Jed announced the news late yesterday, on Instagram.

A producer on It's a Living, Benson, Maggie, The Golden Girls, and The Sinbad Show , Mr. Whedon's TV series writing credits includes those shows and many more. His professional career began on the Captain Kangaroo TV show, in the 1950s. Other TV credits include Music Scene, The Dick Cavett Show, The Electric Company (on which he was head writer), All's Fair, United States, The Two of Us, and the children's series, Between the Lions, for which he was nominated for a Daytime Emmy.

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Tom Whedon, TV Writer-Producer and Father of Joss Whedon, Dies at 83

Tom Whedon, a veteran TV writer and producer who worked on shows including The Golden Girls and Captain Kangaroo, died Thursday at 83, his son Jed announced.

Whedon was father to five sons, including Avengers director and Buffy the Vampire Slayer creator Joss, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. writer-producer Jed, Halt and Catch Fire writer Zack Whedon, Samuel and Matthew.

"We said goodbye to our dad yesterday," Jed, 41, wrote on Instagram Friday. "He passed away in relative peace surrounded by his wife, all five of his boys and their loved ones. He gave us the gift of his warmth and humor. We miss him terribly.
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